Events Archive

September 26, 2016 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
PITT PACC Public Lecture: Sir Roger Penrose (Oxford)
TITLE:   Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the UniverseAbstract:Can the following of fashion, blind faith, or flights of fantasy have anything seriously to do with the...
September 21, 2016 -
9:00am to 10:00am
PhD Defense: Wai Lai
Title: Applications of Effective Theories of QCD in Collider Physics. Abstract: TBD
September 19, 2016 -
4:30pm to 6:00pm
Joint PITT-CMU Physics and Astronomy Colloquium: James Mueller (PITT)
Title: TBAAbstract: TBA
September 12, 2016 -
4:30pm to 6:00pm
Joint PITT-CMU Physics and Astronomy Colloquium: Vanessa Sih (University of Michigan)
Title: Ultrafast optical measurements of spin polarization in semiconductors Abstract: While both spin dynamics and electron orbital motion have been separately studied for many decades, we...
August 29, 2016 -
4:30pm to 6:00pm
Joint PITT-CMU Physics and Astronomy Colloquium: Terry Hwa (UC San Diego)
Title: Quantitative biology: Frontier at the interface of the physical and life sciencesAbstract:Advances in biology have presented a multitude of opportunities for physicists and for physics. I will...
August 29, 2016 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm
PhD Defense: Lu Ren
Title: Measurement of Neutrino and Antineutrino Total Charged-current Cross Sections with MINERvA Abstract: This thesis presents a measurement of charged-current inclusive cross...
August 18, 2016 - 2:00pm
HEP Seminar: Peter Skands (Monash University)
Title: Fractals, Strings, and Particle CollisionsAbstract:A guided walk through the landscape of proton collisions at the LHC. I will highlight some striking "emergent" properties of the...
August 15, 2016 - 3:30pm
HEP Seminar: Raghavan Rangarajan (Physical Research Laboratory, India)
Title: Gravitinos, Reheating and the Matter-Antimatter Asymmetry of theUniverseAbstract:Astrophysical observations indicate that the Universe is made up primarily of matter rather than both matter...
August 2, 2016 - 9:30am to August 3, 2016 - 5:00pm
A Symposium in Celebration of the 90th Birthday of Wolfgang J. (Jim) Choyke
The Department of Physics and Astronomy is hosting an invitation-only mini-symposium to celebrate the 90th Birthday of Wolfgang J. Choyke, his long career of research on silicon carbide and other...
August 3, 2016 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm
PhD Defense--Jerod Caliguiri
Title: Constraining the History of Inflation through Joint Observations of the Primordial Gravitational Wave BackgroundAbstract: The standard cosmological model leaves many questions...
July 29, 2016 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
PhD Defense--Jen-Feng Hsu
 Title: Cooling the Center-of-Mass Motion of a Diamond Nanocrystal in a Magneto-Gravitational TrapAbstract: A magneto-gravitational trap for micro/nanometer sized diamagnetic particles,...
July 28, 2016 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Condensed Matter Seminar: Jordi Ignes (University of Barcelona)
Title: Control of Active Liquid Crystals by Means of Addressable Soft InterfacesAbstract: Active liquid crystals are aqueous in vitro suspensions of cytoskeletal proteins that self-assemble into...
July 13, 2016 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
PhD Defense--Ryan Sayer
Title:REPLICATING EFFECTIVE PEDAGOGICAL APPROACHES FROM INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS TO IMPROVE STUDENT LEARNING OF QUANTUM MECHANICSAbstract: Upper-level undergraduate students entering a quantum...
July 7, 2016 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
PhD Defense--Travis Hurst
Title: Astrophysical Probes of Dark MatterAbstract:In the ΛCDM model, ≈ 26% of the matter-energy content of the Universe is in the form of an unidentified Cold Dark Matter. Observations...
July 5, 2016 -
3:30pm to 4:30pm
PQI/Condensed Matter Seminar: Xiong-Jun Liu (Peking University, Beijing, China)
Title: Symmetry-protected non-Abelian braiding of Majorana Kramers'  pairsAbstract:Topological superconductors, which host Majorana zero modes, are a most attractive research topic in...

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